The sixth-ranked University of Hawaii beach volleyball team will begin its Big West Tournament title this weekend in Pismo Beach, California.
The Rainbow Wahine are the second seed behind Long Beach State, thanks in part to the wildly successful season Carly Kan is having. She has won 25 of 28 matches this season including ten straight, and this is just her first season.
Kan may be new to collegiate beach volleyball, but she's got a resume as extensive as any of the Rainbow Wahine on the teraflex. Kan was a 4 year starter at outside hitter for Mizzouri where she was a three time All-American, SEC Freshman of the year in 2013 and finished second all-time on Tigers career kills list. When it comes to here time spent in Missouri, Kan says the biggest strides she made came away from the court.
"I think I learned a lot about myself and I think that just comes with going to college and being on your own and being independent," she said. "I think just a great experience all around and I think I learned a lot."
After graduating early with a degree in finance, the Punahou product decided to continue both her studies and her volleyball career. She's back at UH attending graduate school while also beginning a beach volleyball career.
"I love that you have to do everything, but that's also what I have to improve on and setting and things I haven't done before," Kan said. "I love that you have to touch the ball every single time. I love being outside and being in the sand. It's harder, it's definitely more physically challenging. I just think indoor I just got burnt out of that phase, but when I come onto the beach it's like a whole new environment."
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